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on his statement that he'd cut fema and return it to the states. the campaign has a clear media strategy on that front, and many others, of course. it's three weeks since mr. romney took a question from any reporter. let's get rate to our panel, as we await the president. richard wolffe is with me, the vp and executive editor of msnbc.com. and in washington, msnbc analyst eugene robinson, a pulitzer prize-winning columnist for "the washington post." richard, if i can start with you. with all due respect to romney and ryan, this is a big government moment, isn't it? this is a moment when, for all that they've said throughout this campaign, mr. ryan, mr. romney, about how they want to eviscera eviscerate government, this is actually a moment when we need government. >> it's a time when pieces of government come together, state, local, and federal. it's a moment when you move beyond party. they're not republicans and democrats in new jersey, they're just americans in need. and those messages, of course, resonate with americans in general. they also happen to be part of what the president an
that romney said that he doesn't think we should even have a fema at the federal level? well you don't have to worry about believing me or not believing me because you can watch it yourself. >> fema is go to run out of money. some people say do it on a case-by-case basis. some people are saying maybe we're learning a lesson that the states should take on the role. >> romney: absolutely. every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it to the states, that's the right direction. if you can send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> cenk: that is mental! i can't believe he said that! so we shouldn't have fema at the federal level. what would be doing right now hoping chris christie gets it it right in new jersey? but the federal government wouldn't do anything? and then forget the state and local government. are you kidding me? privatize it? how insane is that? so if you're poor and you couldn't afford whatever rates that romney's friends were going to charge yo
and bolts of where we're really here. i want to start by thanking nancy, all of the fema folks, and the inter-agency. does anyone remember about two years ago when we came for the stakeholder out reache? we started this process with a blank piece of paper. we did not start with añr plan d say here is what we think the federal government should do for recovery. we started with a blank piece of hp'd asked people their ideas. what is it about recovery? a lot of you may not know me. i came out of state government for 25 years. recovery of has always been my profession, my passion as you will get from this presentation. i am sorry forç all of the peoe for whom this is the sixth meeting. that is what it is about. there are things i learned working of the state level, the floods of was then in utahç in 1983 and 1984. then on to the disasters in arizona. i became very close with nancy and her team. working through all of that and knowing as we work with the national response plan working through recovery and the emergency support function and what we did with that, i am very prou
of the storm including mitt romney's views on fema. >> we cannot, we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it's immoral in my view. >> cenk: immoral to fund fema? it might be the opposite. that's stunning. we'll have more on that in just a little bit for you guys. another huge line by mitt romney on the campaign trail. >> romney: now owned by the italians are thinking of moving all production to china. i will fight for every good job in america. >> cenk: just not true. lies, lies lies. all right, we've got all that and so much more for you tonight. it's go time. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> sandy has the campaign scrambling. >> we're keeping an eye on the ocean back here. >> obama: our number one priority is making sure that we're saving lives. >> debris is coming down, and now we're watching a partial collapse. >> and a lot of people are enduring very difficult times. >> water levels rising suddenly. >> very clear on what you're supposed to do. >> this is not a time to be stupid. >> we picked up the-- >> obama: fema personnel working with government. >> more
oilç spill a couple of years ago, and was never a federally declared disaster fema -- fromç fema's sampling, but it was a huge disaster. somebody who can be there from recovery and making sure it all moves. it is key that everybody is integrated and working together. çthe recovery of support functions i will get into more. can you read that? [laughter] i know the people in the back cannot read the little plant. looking at the elements, those functions. we will get into those more as we dig into this. what do you need after a disaster? itç is a combination of everyby working together, coming together. we have been pilot testing for the past two years. when we open up our joint field offices, having somebody at the same time doing response. the first thing that is most important when a disaster happens is how we get people's immediate needs taken care of. to have somebody focusing on recovery. you start making decisions in your recovery as soon as a disaster happens. how will you recover? the business side, housing, all of these things come to bear at the beginning of a disaste
>> moving into the welcoming introduce nancy ward, theç fema regional administrator for region nine. [applause] çç>> good morning. welcome. it is fabulous to have such a great size of the crowd on this very important topic of recovery. we have talked a lot of with the years -- over the years about the response. we got throughç the framework transition. i understand it was painful for everyone. now we need to focus on recovery. ççthere is no better place tok about that than the building we're sitting in today. poetic and ironic that we areç in san francisco city hall. the original building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fires. two decades ago, it was completely rebuilt because of the loma prieçto earthquake. our fingers are crossed that there will not be any earthshaking today. our deputy administrator will talk about the shape specifically. i wanted to take a moment to thank our host, edwin lee, the mayor of san francisco. he has championed an equal focus on response and recovery. today he is our host in this majestic civil service building, probably the
? >> a storm relief event. >> if you have canned goods, bring them along. >> you need fema and need support. >> fema is about to run out of money. how do you deal with something like that. >> take something from the federal government and send it back to the states. >> you need fema and need support. >> if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> mitt romney can't show up on the east coast right now. he has to stay away. >> the president has been all over this. >> listen to your state and local officials. >> he deserves great credit. >> this storm is not yet over. >> the october surprise is here. >>> we begin tonight with the devastation from the massive storm called sandy. the death toll continues to rise. within the hour, it has gone from 43 deaths to 50. as a result of the storm. at least 23 of those deaths are in new york state. 18 here in new york city, alone. president obama has declared disasters in 11 states as well as washington, d.c. since sunday, the worst of the damage is in new jersey and new york. the president is scheduled to surv
. that's just a callousness. and also dovetails with romney's position on fema during the primaries where you're saying we don't need this, private companies can do it, states can do it. if you're out there saying -- giving the impression people handing out soup cans can solve a problem of this magnitude that's also a problem for you as well. >> i think that's right. underscores the point that a big storm actually requires some big government. you know, i think that's a very difficult position to be in for romney right now. >> and also the republican party, big government has been vilified in large part. talk about chris christie, first of all, christie has -- i don't think anybody here would want to shortchange the magnitude of the task at hand as far as new jersey and what they've seen in terms of damage and the victims in the state. but in terms of christie's almost zealous support for the the and his actions are you surprised by that? >> no. if you look at the poll numbers and see obama up 11 points in new jersey, it's math on christie's part. the government will be depended on for a
ramifications of the storm including mitt romney's views on fema. >> we cannot, we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it's immoral in my view. >> cenk: immoral to fund fema? it might be the opposite. that's stunning. we'll have more on that in just a little bit for you guys. another huge line by mitt romney on the campaign trail. >> romney: now owned by the italians are thinking of moving all production to china. i will fight for every good job in america. >> cenk: just not true. lies, lies lies. all right, we've got all that and so much more for you tonight. it's go time. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> sandy has the campaign scrambling. >> we're keeping an eye on the ocean back here. >> obama: our number one priority is making sure that we're saving lives. >> debris is coming down, and now we're watching a partial collapse. >> and a lot of people are enduring very difficult times. >> water levels rising suddenly. >> very clear on what you're supposed to do. >> this is not a time to be stupid. >> we picked up the-- >> obama: fema personnel working with gover
's requirements and there have to be recounts by state law. >> okay. coming up is fema in the forefront. next we're going to discuss what the stance could have on the election. be right back. [ earnest ] out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. gathered the guys and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired... i looked both ways, i looked at the crowd, and...we all just lost our jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin, and it just made me sick. [ male announcer ] priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> mitt's primary campaign comments coming back to haunt home and what he made last year involving fema. we're back in the news room with that. >> yeah, this happened during a cnn debat
came to be in fema and looking across the ñrwhole inter-agency. çatñr the state level, we were always callingç trying to shop around to find out how we could get more resources because there is so much more out there other than the stafford act. that is what we think about when weç think about recovery. we think about the men and the stafford act. ç-- we think about fema and the stafford act. they did not make any community hall. çit is everything else that cos to bear and how weç maximize te resources as we move forward. as we look into this, we will get into the free-market self -- we will get into theq it is a framework. it is not a plan. youç cannotçç cross out one e and put in another. this is a guiding document with key concepts. we got the stakeholders' across the communitiesç andç asked tm what is it about recovery you have lived through, what would you like to see going forward, and what are the key concepts we need to develop. çthe first thing was leadershi. çthe mayor was up here. çyou look to your localñr officials and who they designate when it
. hey, charles. >> caller: good morning, bill. i just want to -- fema sent trailers down here years ago to be used. fema said you have to take them. florida wanted to give them back to fema to be used. fema said no. they stay where they're at. they were never used. that's one of the examples i think where fema comes into a state telling the state you're taking them. but we don't want them back. now i don't think that's right. i think that they should have been used somewhere else when needed. but fema didn't want them. they go nope. they're your problem. they were parked -- i don't know for how long. i think they finally got them destroyed because they were never used. >> bill: i don't know anything about that, charles but i do know this. that's not the way fema works today. i think you have to look at the way fema works today and the way it has worked since president obama has been in the white house. again, it is not just me saying this there's been nothing but praise for fema and craig if fugate from repu
said that thing about his fema director, way to go, brownie, or whatever he said. that sticks in people's minds to this day. >> right. that would be a defining sound bite of his entire presidency. granted, it's unfair, but that's what sticks in people's minds. >> in your mind, has president obama made the right move, wrong move? what do you think? >> i think he has made the appropriate move here. he hasn't been too over. that's the key here. you can't be overtly political in how you respond to these kinds of disasters. he obviously will accrue some benefits because he's acting aas commanders in chief are supposed to act and help people on a broad basis. as the remarks of governor christie of new jersey proved, this is a -- he gets bipartisan support out of this disaster. that has to help the bottom line come election day. >> of course, he hasn't been -- president obama wanted to fit in one last campaign paerps in florida, then hurriedly flew back because he realized he couldn't make it back to washington because the storm was coming. so he hasn't acted perfectly along this path, right?
is the head of fema but he was brought in as sort of -- he was jeb bush's head of emergency planning in florida during that period, if you recall, when florida went through four hurricanes. all of the other states didn't seem to do it and this guy was seen as nonpartisan super emergency management person, if you will. and that's the guy running fema. the president is getting constant updates. you've got to wait it out. you've got to find out a middle storm. and you're managing and brought everything in and waiting for the storm to pass to figure out, okay, how bad is the cleanup? right now it's just hunker down. >> hold on. we got an update. sandy is now a post tropical cyclone, still very powerful and expected to make landfall in one hour right near us. let me show you a picture. this is chris christie who is affected by this situation. he's speaking very positively of a democratic president. >> i thank the president for his telephone call inquiring about how things were going here and assured him that things were going well. so far he invited me to call him at any time if things ar
that he would not answer was about fema. take a listen. >> governor, what should fema's role be? governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> well, it's either 11 or 14 times, depending on whose count you believe. the campaign released a statement saying that romney would not abolish fema but, quote, governor romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdiction. that's from his spokesman, ryan williams. is this a problem for him, susan? >> well, i think it becomes an issue for him because of what he said in that primary debate that john king moderated where he was asked specifically about fema. he said anything that the federal government does that can be transferred to the states are better yet to the private sector. that's the right direction. so it leaves open the question of exactly what role he sees for fema. fema has been a controversial agency such as their delivery of services after katrina. however it's pretty popular when it comes in and helps and picks up the costs in th
of fema which is a direct contradiction to what he said during the primary debates. more than 15 hurricane sandy staff for fema are positioned along the east coast. there is about $8 billion available to use in this emergency situation, so we're all in good shape in terms of health and finance. ♪ to miss my show is if that's the only time you can get to a polling place. make sure that voting is your highest priority on election day. besides, you can always dvr my show. you really cant' dvr the future of the country. to help you make informed decisions, watch current tv's politically direct lineup. only on current tv. so vote and vote smart. alright let's break it down. mom, pop it. ♪ ♪ two inches apart, becky. two inches. t-minus nine minutes. [ ding ] [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls. let the making begin. ♪ ♪ hmm these smell amazing, too bad the guys aren't here we're clear. ok, swarm! swarm! hello [ female announcer ] pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. let the making begin [♪ theme music ♪] >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's th
the fema mumbo jumbo. i got a call from fema at 2 a.m. the president has been all over this and he deserves great credit. i was on the phone with him yesterday three times personally. he gave me his number at the white house. told me to call him. and he absolutely means it. the president has been outstanding in this. so the folks at fema, craig fugate and his folks have been excellent. >> the president deserves great credit. he's been outstanding. a republican praising a democrat. but the powerful fact is this wasn't about politics. this was genuine thanks to a president focused on taking care of americans. president obama has canceled all campaign events through tomorrow to focus on hurricane sandy. today he went to the red cross headquarters, and devastated families were standing by. >> obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been up-ended. most important message i have for them is that america's ready. we are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get bac
was running trying to be severely conservatively that he would cut fema funding and send it back to the states and privatize it. this is why it's so important, because it illustrates the importance of government and illustrates the two fundamentally two different choices of the two candidates running for the highest office in land. >> chip, i think we have that sound from the debate. at the time governor romney was asked whether or not with fema and its financial problems if he would cut fema or eliminate fema, and he said it would be up to the states. chuck todd pointed out in a state like florida, fema is very pob lar as is the former governor of that state, jeb bush, because of the help and aid given to people as a result of fema. we know fema has been criticized the in the past, but in large part people need fema in these kinds of crises. when governor romney said at the time he would scrap fema, he mentioned privatizing the aid that would be given in a situation like that, is it fair that this comes up at this point? when would he do in a situation like this when he stated he would not su
companies will be embedding a representative with fema in order to better coordinate the response. soledad? >> power outages a big problem here. dan lothian, thanks. john berman's got a look at some of the other stories making news today. >>> police in virginia are looking for the source of three homemade bombs. investigators want to know who set off explosives outside two stafford county homes early tuesday morning. the two incidents have been linked to a third explosion tuesday inside a house in fredricksburg. no injuries were reported. >>> a guilty plea in arizona from a mexican man accused in the 2010 murder of u.s. border patrol agent brian perry. manuel osorio air ranous could be facing life in prison. the 36-year-old man said he got into a gun battle while he and four other armed men were looking for drug traffickers to rob. >>> another california surfer attacked by a shark. the 25-year-old is fighting for his life after he was bitten in his chest and abdomen yesterday. a depp puttpy in eureka saying one of the wounds is a 14 inch gash. other surfers helped pull him out of the water
-positioned assets so that fema personnel are working closely with state and local governments. there has been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal, and local governments. >> and everybody on the local level have backed that up. 1-800-steph-1-2 is the number to call that's 1-800-steph-1-2. let's talk to don in florida about privatizing fema. hey, don. >> caller: yeah, thanks for taking my call. i have a political strategy for ohio actually a democratic one. but romney is trying to do whatever he can to get any press coverage he can possibly get. these food thing, i heard he called these governors and all of this stuff. i know he has been running for president for the last 20 years it seems, he wouldn't even be in the picture but he is just trying to get his name out there, because obama and the storm will get all of the reaction. >> and it seems like him calling the governors would be just getting in the way. >> and what a coincidence he is doing this in all of the battleground states. >> he'll privatize anything for a buck. >> yeah. >> one way to get r
christie along with fema representatives and you know, right now, we can see pictures. we see the pictures of the iconic boardwalk. ripped up and the wood strewn across the streets. we see the downtowns of these communities inundated with sand and ocean water. and of course, we see those shots of the ferris wheel actually on these piers partially submerged in the water. it really is an appear okay apocalyptic scene on the jersey shore. obviously the cost in terms of damage in the billions and that's what fema and the president, of course, will be looking to lend a hand with tomorrow. >> jennifer: t.j., has everybody on the ground been accounted for? >> reporter: well, all i can tell you is that you know, those searches continue. many of the firefighters and the police, their own headquarters, many of them flooded. were fanned out yesterday and they were rescuing dozens of people who had to be either snatched from their rooftops or had to be pulled out of their homes. right now, they're still going house to hou
to disaster relief being to shut down fema and place the burden of recovery on the back of the states and the private sector. something that might be a bit off-putting to governor christie on a day like today. we'll have more on the storm and the election in this hour but let's get to richard lui who is in battery park where the waters of new york harbor bashed into vulnerable flood zones. richard, 24 hours since the storm surge began there. how do thiges longs look right ? >> reporter: 24 hours ago looked a lot like this, a lot of white caps, stormy movement of the water. of course, the water at that point 24 hours ago was just starting to rise. since then in that 24 hours the city has been crippled. we're talking about $20 billion in infrastructure damage, $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business reeceipts. if those numbers are right by some estimates, that would be the worst disaster in u.s. history. we're also looking at a subway system, the best in the world some say, that currently is not working, not functional, and won't be for several days. it could be more than that. elec
to the jersey shore, the president's made an unscheduled stop at fema headquarters. this is the president meeting with several administration and cabinet persons there. we're told he addressed everyone around the table thanking them for the work and warning that the country's not out of the woods yet. joining us now nbc news political director chuck todd on the phone and ron allen live in point please sant beach, new jersey. todd, i'll start with you. we have chris christie with president obama and others say what else was supposed to happen here? i mean, these men may be from different sides of aisle but we know they're still without power and lost their homes and the other issue still facing the region. >> that's right. we are here in atlantic city. he is up in the chopper with governor christie. it was interesting. it was just governor christie. no other entourage greeting the president. just president and administrator fugate. they got on marine one which was brought up here and that's what they're doing now and just the three of them along with jack law the chief of staff on one heli
of the guys who's running isn't. the president has been outstanding in this and so the folks of fema, craig fugate and his folks have been excellent. >> overwhelmingly positive assessment of the president. >> he's not just a romney surrogate, the keynote speaker of the republican convention we saw and just to put it in context, one of the major premise sis of the romney campaign is barack obama came to power promising to bring the country together and, in fact, mitt romney is the guy do that. over this last three, four years, the president for all his efforts to reach out and find some compromise has been cornered into a position where he's been denied republican cooperation. so any endorsement, especially an endorsement at this point, even if it's an endorsement about a natural disaster, from a prominent republican, is really worth every piece of benefit that you can get because it says to independents, be it says to those moderate republicans, maybe this president isn't quite as polarizing as we thought. maybe there is a -- can't get the votes in congress what he wants to do he's not so u
. >> romney's silence has been deafening. >> would you eliminate aid to fema if you were president? >> as hurricane sandy wreaks havoc across the northeast, first responders, nurses and neighbors have stepped up in tremendous acts of heroism. we'll take a look at these brave men and women tonight. but first we'll bring you the latest on the disaster across the northeast. >> good to have you with us tonight. thanks for watching. the aftermath of sandy is coming into focus and the destruction is heartbreaking. sandy's path devastated miles of shoreline and major communities. officials in nine states are reporting 44 deaths related to the storm. 23 of those here in the state of new york. it's estimated to cost between $30 and $50 billion. you only need to look at the images of the flooding to see why. a 14-foot storm surge in lower manhattan roadways were overflowing. tunnels filled with water. streets were submerge d. most of lower manhattan continues to be without power at this hour. the new york city subway system is still not running as workers deal with the flooded tunnels and th
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governor romney during the primary has talked about privatize iing fema and budget cuts to them. he has not made similar comments since that debate and his aides insisted he would not abolish fema. he believes states should be in charge of emergency management and responding. that is from the romney campaign yesterday. so, we are turning to you to get your take. what is your trust level in the government during natural disasters? lew is in new york an independent. what is it like up there for you? caller: we are going through there crazy storm. i think the bureacratic system is definitely going to catch off guard until something is done about t. my trust in government at this point? if romney were to get in and that mindset of dissolving governme government, then when you have katrina and you have the storm we get the kind of response we got then and a lot of people suffering and basically on our own. that is the scary part. all back to the fact that it will get worse and worse over time and more and more heated that you have heard the thought that it is time to act and do something and
the storm even hit so they were able to get here relatively quick. the national guard was here. fema was here. they were all working with the local authorities and were able to do it pretty smoothly. they've stopped search and rescue efforts for tonight and say they've gotten all of the elderly and handicapped people out of the area. they will do it if there are emergency situations. they're not entirely sure how many are left in the houses. we did speak with some who said they were going to stay regardless, they didn't feel like it was much of a threat. the high tide, though comes in at midnight tonight and they are concerned about getting another four feet of water. right now it's receding a lot since we've been here for the past few hours the entire day mostly. we can show you what it looks like here and this is certainly what it looks like. you can hear the sounds of the activity here and the generators and sirens every once in a while but wove a hard time conveying is what it smells like. there's a lot of gasoline, a lot of sewage. you don't want to imagine, rachel. what's in al
of defense and even fema having roles to play in that. bob fenton, the assistant chief of fema, used to be the division chief in division 9. he is no stranger to this area, born and raised here, this is his home and so he does have a care and an interest in this community and beyond. and so with that it is hard to fill being his replacement at the regional level because not only to fill his shoes all the great work he did in this region, but also because when you see the size difference, it's a little hard to fit in there. but this this i want to introduce bob fenton, the response head for fema coming in from dc to help support this and moderate the panel. thank you. (applause). >> well, appreciate it. appreciate the opportunity to be back with friends and back in san francisco. and i appreciate the opportunity to be your lunch speaker. as i always say, lunch is one of may five most important meals of the day so thank you for that. let me introduce my panelists. here to my left, we have a great group here to talk about stories from the field with regard to fire and 10 years of l
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